Disaster and Emergency News and Resources for Housing Counselors

This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters and emergencies. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links related to each new disaster that occurs.

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by disasters and emergencies are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Resources located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs and provides immediate access to the:


For information on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Emergency Information for Housing Counselors page.

Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please type “DART” on the subject line.


Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

How HUD Helps After a Disaster

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Disaster Recovery Trainings

For upcoming housing counseling trainings, check the Housing Counseling Training Digest, updated weekly.


For a complete list of Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Webinars, visit Housing Counseling Webinar Archive: Select Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Section.

Recent FEMA Declarations

Read the 2019 and 2020 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered:

Disaster Incident Period Declaration Date
South Carolina Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds
April 12-13, 2020 May 1, 2020
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
April 12-13, 2020 April 24, 2020
Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
April 12, 2020 April 16, 2020
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
March 3, 2020 March 5, 2020
South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
September 9-26, 2019 November 18, 2019
Texas Tropical Storm Imelda
September 17-23, 2019 October 4, 2019
Texas Severe Storms and Flooding
June 24-25, 2019 July 17, 2019
Ohio Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, And Mudslide (DR-4447) May 27-29, 2019 June 18, 2019
Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding
May 21 - June 14, 2019 June 8, 2019
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
March 13 - April 26, 2019 June 7, 2019
Oklahoma Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding
May 7 - June 9, 2019  June 1, 2019

For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.

2017 Major Disasters

California Fires

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Nate